The French-American Chamber of Commerce - New York held its much-anticipated annual Gala Evening at Manhattan's esteemed Tribeca Rooftop on Thursday, September 15, 2016. The festive and elegant evening celebrated the strength of French-American business relationship and raised funds for the French-American Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Event highlights included signature cocktails and hors d'ouevres with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River; a three-course dinner; updates on the FACC Foundation and Serge Bellanger MBA Scholarship Award by President Elsa Berry; exceptional networking opportunities with high-level executives; and dessert & dancing well into the night.
Elsa Berry thanked all Corporate Patrons, Corporate Benefactors and Gala Sponsors for their invaluable support of the FACC Foundation.
The 2016 Gala Guest of Honor was Hubert Joly, Chairman and CEO of Best Buy, who spoke about crucial leadership qualities and companies' purpose to effect positive change. He also reflected on his hopes for the future generation of business leaders.
Attendees also heard from Daniel Cadeaux, Global Account Manager at Delta Air Lines and from Tara Heuzé, one of the 2016 Serge Bellanger MBA Scholars attending Columbia University.
The Gala benefited the FACC Foundation, which was formed in 2012 by the FACC - New York Chapter to help fund the education of the next generation of transatlantic business leaders. Through its "Serge Bellanger French-American MBA Scholarship" program, the Foundation provides scholarships to eligible French students pursuing MBAs in the U.S., and to eligible American students pursuing MBAs in France.
The FACC Foundation extends its sincere gratitude to its 2016 CORPORATE PATRONS: Air France & Delta Air Lines, Crédit Agricole, L'Oréal, PwC and WeiserMazars.
The FACC Foundation also thanks its 2016 CORPORATE BENEFACTORS: Baker & McKenzie, BNP Paribas, Crédit Industriel et Commercial, Colgate-Palmolive, Cozen O'Connor, Dassault Systèmes, Deloitte, EY, Fragomen, LVMH, Societe Generale and Winston & Strawn LLP.
2016 GALA SPONSORS & DONORS included generous support from "Serge Bellanger Scholarship Legacy Sponsor" Danielle Bellanger; Exclusive Audiovisual Sponsor TV5MONDE; Exclusive VIP Reception Sponsor Merrill Lynch; and Program Sponsor Altour. We also thank Bache-Gabrielsen and Cire Trudon for their generous donations of cognac and candles for the gift bags.
In addition, the FACC Foundation thanks Air France and Delta Air Lines, 2016 Exclusive Official Airline Partners of the FACC-NY.
The Gala photos below are courtesy of Jenna Bascom.